All the recent Portlandia references (“Cacao!”) got me thinking about this music video. It uses thunderAnt‘s old Feminist Bookstore skit to poke fun at terrible in-store gigs. It also features St. Vincent, aka the gorgeous & talented Annie Clark. Song is from her 2009 album, Actor.
Sorry I have gone missing–have spent the last few weeks cleaning, working, with family, watching True Blood (thanks Tyia!) & reading the entire Southern Vampire mystery series. I am on Team Eric.
Below is a video by South Korean group Brown Eyed Girls. I’m not in love with the video itself–it’s heavy on the male fan service, which is not my thing–but I like the group, like the styling, and the song, “Abracadabra,” is one of the best dance songs I’ve heard in awhile. Let me know what you think:
Jazz Era music is fun. A little goes a long way (some songs were only meant for dog’s ears), but when it’s good, it’s really good–and the lyrics can be v. amusing (e.g. “You Gonna Look Like a Monkey When You Get Old“). Four online sources for Jazz Age swing:
- One good bet is the WFUV’s The Big Broadcast, a weekly radio show featuring music from the ’20s & ’30s. Hosted by Rich Conaty, the show plays every Sunday from 8 pm to midnight; the last two broadcasts are available online as streaming audio. Conaty also has a nice set of web recommendations (via getTRIO).
- One commenter recommended the similar WAMU 88.5’s Hot Jazz Saturday Night, which features jazz from the 1920s through ’40s.
- Fans of Bertie Wooster’s singing will appreciate this set of links. Unfortunately, the official Jeeves & Wooster soundtrack has been removed, but you can still catch some of the songs on YouTube (e.g. “47 Ginger Headed Sailors“).
- Metafilter also has a good set of pre-1950s music links.